The world of publishing is changing very fast. Many ideas we used to take for granted in traditional publishing are no longer authentic or relevant. Gone are the days when book distributors like Ingram required brick-and-mortar stores to order books from them before they would stock those titles on their shelves.
The same is true of bookstore chains like Borders—now defunct—and Barnes & Noble. Gone, too, are the days when authors could rely on sales made through these companies as numbers that guaranteed them a living wage for at least some years after publishing an original work of their own.
Luckily for writers, there has been an explosion in small presses and self-publishing over the past decade that has opened up many more opportunities to make a living as an author and get one’s work out into the world. While I certainly champion authors’ freedom in these new circumstances, many writers (including myself) still love the idea of being traditionally published but find themselves unable to secure traditional contracts for a variety of reasons.
One such reason is that book editors at traditional publishing houses tend not to take chances on unknown or unpopular authors anymore, even those with significant credentials behind them. Another is that now that self-publishing has become so widespread, self-published books have received a lot of bad press about quality and credibility—a stigma from which some say they will never be able to escape. Still, another challenge is that brick-and-mortar in writing is not making sense.
Every book has an editing process.
What you need to do is the same:
To effect positive change in a manuscript, it will take time – as much time as needed on an individual basis – but authors must have at least one round of edits completed before moving onto another round of publishing professionals or fellow writers who critique their work; this is not to say that this process should be limited to only peer review, but it is essential for a manuscript’s growth and learning.
In a perfect world, you would have enough time to work with your editor(s) and ensure that the communication channels between both parties are open at all times. And let’s face it – in a perfect world, we wouldn’t even need editors as writers would be able to express themselves in a manner that allows their readers to follow along easily without confusion or repetition.
However, this isn’t always the case for many new authors, which is why having an editor by your side can provide all the difference in getting your manuscript prepared and polished for publication submission.
Say you want to get more editors. But how do you realize if a potential editor will be any good? One way is to see what kind of work they’ve already done. That’s where Grimdark Magazine comes in.
Grimdark Magazine is an anthology put together by author R. Scott Bakker and Baen Books looking for a few good submissions from new authors, non-fiction or fiction – whatever your genre, so long as it has enough dark gothic flavor to pass the taste test. The first volume has been published already, and its February issue can be downloaded for free at their website. The publisher is also be holding a competition for best story published in volume 2 – the prize is $5000, and publication in the second anthology.
If you would like to read and learn more about Grimdark Magazine before deciding whether or not you want to submit an article of your own, there’s a FAQ available here. But if you’re not interested in submitting articles yourself, that’s okay! You can still use this blog post as a litmus test for potential editors.
Creating a book is hard. But finding an editor who knows how to edit in your niche is harder.
I give you six attributes that editors look for in writers and showed you where to find potential editors. They are:
1) You’re not MFA-obsessed (and this way, don’t use one too many
2) You have something useful or different to say (i.e., new information).
3) You know why people will want to read what you write (i.e., they’ll get results).
4) Your writing style appeals to readers in general.
5) You can show that your message came from experience.
6) You’re able to show that your message will work (i.e., Specific results).
In this article, we’re going to pick a niche and find an editor who knows how to edit in that niche?
(I’m choosing writing because I know it best.)
We’ll do this step-by-step by following the process I use with my authors of Fiction for Profit (and yes, you can hire me for editing help here). Let’s get started. Figure out what kind of book you want to write. What genre is overhaul? If you’ve already written it. Writers have numerous of making money online and ebook writing is one of the lucrative ventures.